Sock Madness?

Ok, so no pictures of San Francisco yet. It’s been a long, busy week and I haven’t managed to steal Paula’s camera yet. I have, however, been knitting like a mad woman on the test sock for Sock Madness. It’s coming out really nicely. I turned the heel last night and am preparing to do the faux gusset. So far, the pattern is fairly well written. The instructions could be made a bit more concise, but that’s easy to do. Here is the sock before I turned the heel last night.


I have also been working on my Secret of the Stole II project. It’s coming along nicely. I’ve finished Clue 1 and am working on Clue 2. (We won’t talk about the fact that Clue 3 came out yesterday…). Here is a picture after finishing Clue 1. (My husband is wonderful.. he stops what he’s doing to hold yarn for pictures.)


On another note, my yarn came in for dyeing! Sonja ordered me a bag each of 2 different kinds of undyed Merino wool. I’m going to dye it and put it in her shop on commission. I’m very excited! They are large skeins (300yds for the worsted and 400yds for the DK), so I think I’m going to split them in half. Who knows, maybe I’ll start an Etsy shop…

But, today I go to work in the yarn shop. Sonja and a bunch of the ladies have gone to the Heceta Head Lighthouse B&B for the retreat. The roads were supposed to be very snowy and icy, so I hope they made it ok. I haven’t heard anything to the contrary, so that’s what I’m going to believe.

Speaking of snow, it snowed here this week. (One of the three or four bouts of snow that we get around here every year.) It snowed quite a bit for 2 days, but it’s already all melted off. It did make the trees beautiful for a little bit.


Chloe loves the snow. She gets very excited and wants to play “Catch the Snowball.” When she tires of that, she brings us real toys. She’s positively obsessed…



Another Near Dye Experience

I’ve been busy with my slow cooker these last few days.  I only have one to show today, but I promise more pictures of pretties in the near future.  This latest experiment involved blue and purple.  I think I’m in love…

In the dye pot.


Hanging to dry.


The base yarn for this was Patons Classic Merino in “Winter White.”  I used two shades of Wilton’s food dye, but I can’t recall which ones (violet and sky blue, I think).  I have two skeins of an Alpaca blend hanging in the bathroom drying at the moment and two soy/wool blends that are ready to be re-skeined and photographed.  I promise a re-skeined photo of the blue and purple lusciousness above .  It is currently on the swift being untangled.  I left it alone for 5 minutes (literally) and the cat (&!^$#*&@ CAT!) decided to taste it.

I also completed a wrap for Paula in time for the Marine Corps Birthday Ball on Veteran’s Day (I know, a little late…).  It turned out pretty good for being worked up in a couple of hours in the wee hours of the morning.  Doesn’t she look fabulous?


They had a great time.  So great, in fact, that Matt split his pants!  I have decided to let him have what little dignity he has left and not post the picture of him in his boxers and garters.  (Matt, I take payment in the form of cash and house cleaning…).

On an adorable note, my nephew visited recently.  We had a great time and the day ended like this.


Baa, Baa Black Sheep, Have You Any Wool?

To quote my husband, it “smells like I’m boiling a whole sheep.” Those were his words when he lifted the lid on the slow cooker. No, that’s not dinner gone horribly wrong, it’s my dyeing adventure part deux!

So, what do you get when you take this

plus this?

You get this!

I am using some Jarbo Garn Gastrike 1tr and some Wilton’s food coloring in the slow cooker like I did on the previous dyeing adventure. In this picture, the dye is about halfway exhausted. It’s hard to tell because the dye stains the liners. Other than that minor inconvenience, they are a huge time-saver. (I just wiggle the slow cooker a bit to see the water slosh onto the non-dyed part of the liner to see if the water is clear or not.)

Speaking of the previous dyeing adventure… That is now dry and ready to be re-skeined. But, I was feeling lazy and did not get out the swift tonight. So here it is, in all of it’s un-re-skeined glory. I give you… SHERBET!

(Sherbet is the name my husband came up with as I twisted it.)

I have some more lace weight in the stash to be dyed. I think purple will be next. This whole dyeing thing has got me all excited. It’s fun because you never know what you’ll end up with. It’s like a magical colored surprise that I cook in my kitchen. Um, yeah… Enough of that.

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Help Me, I’m Dyeing!

I’m so pun-y, someone should stop me.

I just wanted to give a quick update on the dyeing going on at our house. I have successfully dyed a skein of wool!  WOO!!! I was worried. I have a habit of not paying enough attention or not reading the directions fully or just being too darn impatient! This time, none of those things hurt my results. The wool did not felt, the color does not look like crap, and I did not destroy anything in my kitchen. All in all, a great success.

I used the dyeing tutorial from Knitty. You can find it here. Because I am starting to fall asleep a little, (Ambien is wonderful), I will make this brief and picture heavy.

I used Patons Classic Wool for this first attempt. Wilton’s food dye in red and yellow.

Step 1: I re-skeined it into a big skein. You can see my helper there in the background.



Step 2: Soaked it overnight in a vinegar/water solution (sorry, no pictures of yarn spaghetti).

Step 3: Added the color and cooked in the slow cooker until the water was clear. It took a couple of hours and I had to turn the heat down because it was starting to boil. Otherwise, piece ‘o cake.


Step 4: Rinse it and hang to dry.


Step 5: Enjoy. (We’ll get to this step later, when the yarn is completely dry…)

Also, I’ve been painting. I give you my four creations. Look at your own risk…

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